Monday, December 19, 2016

Happy Holidays!

What a fun time we had on the last day of school before the holiday break. I started the morning as an elf on the shelf and then switched to a French hen for the annual school sing-a-long. Oh, yeah! I was an art teacher most of the day :)


Here with my peeps (teehee) PE para, Mrs. Dukes, and STEAM teacher, Mrs. Rose.

See you all in 2017!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Matisse Still Life

I think that Henri Matisse (our inspiration) would be impressed with these first graders' use of color and pattern. I know I am :) The French artist Matisse was labeled a Fauve (wild beast) because of his expressive use of color and pattern.
The Purple Robe, 1937

We looked at several of Matisse's still life artworks and noticed if he used mostly primary or secondary colors. We studied how to mix to make the secondary colors and how white is used to make colors lighter. The background was painted first using tempera cakes while the subject was painted using liquid tempera. Oil pastels (always a crowd pleaser) were used to add details and finishing touches. 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Storybook Inspiration

In the spirit of the day which started with our annual Storybook Character Day Parade, I will share with you some of our "wild things" inspired by the Maurice Sendak classic. Kindergarten students worked on using line, shape, color and filling the space. Along with these elements of art, we even threw in a few references to pattern and details. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

When Pigasso Met Mootisse

The title may be a bit misleading if you are familiar with the book by the same title (and you are seeing a rooster.) 

Second grade has been studying the work of Pablo Picasso while first grade has been studying the work of Henri Matisse.

We studied works of Picasso and even watched a video of him drawing. We watched his flowers change and transform and even had a few chuckles over some of his Cubist works. Having created over 26,000 works of art, it is interesting to see how his art also changed over his long career. We were inspired by the colors and patterns of his rooster art and painted and printed to create depth and details. Oil pastels were used for the finishing touches.

Having studied the color wheel and how artist use it to organize colors, we viewed several of Matisse's still life paintings. We looked to see how he used color in expressive ways and not necessarily to copy real life. We did the same :) We are using tempera cakes for the background and liquid tempera for the subject. Students are mixing colors directly on their papers. I am still deciding (or might give the option) if we should finish with oil pastels.

These examples are in progress but give you an idea of where we are going with color, especially the last one which is a bit farther along in the process.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Busy Start to School

Just because I haven't posted since the beginning of school certainly does not mean that we have not been busy learning and creating some awesome work.

We kicked off our first art club with a six week session of knitting. Fourth and fifth grade students will also have the opportunity to participate in six-week sessions of 3-D Art, Art Journaling and Up-Cycled Art later his year.

We celebrated International Dot Day by making a large artwork with 600+ dots. Each student added a dot to the artwork during their weekly art time.

We have been learning and reviewing our elements of art, as well as our class room procedures. Each grade level is working on an artwork with a different theme to submit for our Square 1 Art designs for this year. We are working on self-portraits; family and animal portraits; line and shape designs; and nature-themed artworks. The students always get excited and it is great fundraiser for the art program.

These are just a few quick examples. The fourth and fifth grade projects are a bit more detailed and they are still working on the finals after brainstorming with thumbnail sketches and planning through rough drafts. I will try to get a few shots of those before the work has to be mailed mid-October (which will be here before I know it) :)

Saturday, July 30, 2016

3, 2, 1

Getting ready to blast off into a new school year. Number 28 for me. Hard to believe. I am excited at the many possibilities each new year brings.              Bring on '16-'17! 


Friday, May 6, 2016


Both third and fourth graders have finished up the year working on self-portraits.

Third graders were inspired by the works of folk artist Howard Finster who included text and images in his works. 

While fourth graders worked to draw from observation and convey strong emotions in facial features, color and imagery. The portraits remained as pencil line drawings, allowing the background to speak to the feeling. The students worked through thumbnail sketches and word lists to plan their final works. I was quite impressed.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Face Jugs 2016

Each year fifth graders create face jugs based on the ones attributed to African slaves and later Southern potters such as the Meaders family in North Georgia. We usually create forms that are more like mugs but the students are excited about making functional pieces. 

Students used hand-building techniques such as pinch and cool with modeled forms for details. Scoring and slipping was used to join details. 

For an overview of simple hand-building techniques, check out the presentation here. 

Friday, March 18, 2016

Fine Arts Night 2016

We had a great turnout at our annual Fine Arts Night. There were fourth and fifth recorder performances and the Artome framed art show where we had 564 student artworks on display. Along the hallway we also had interactive stations including a photo booth with art props, draw a selfie, Zendoodles, Incredibox and paint like Monet. The Spring Book Fair was open for families to visit and make purchases. Getting ready  for the event takes a lot of time and preparation but seeing the students beaming with pride finding and sharing their artworks makes it all worthwhile.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Oconee County Youth Art Show

March is Youth Art Month (YAM) and Oconee County celebrates with an annual show at OCAF with student art from all of the area public and private schools. This year we kicked off the show with an opening reception on March 26th.

Students and families beamed with pride as they made their way through the exhibit and found their art works. 

Great to spend the evening with my students, their families and my art teacher buddies.